"Think you can't change the world? Too late, you already have. It was changed for the better the minute you were born. There are more people than you can imagine who will never be the same because they came in contact with you, if only for a fleeting moment." ~Gail Purcell

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tidbit Tuesday 8/31 With Pencils And Whiskers

Check out the Pencil vs Camera slide show by Ben Heine. 
I was blown away!

(This picture has nothing to do with Ben's work, but I thought
it "fit".... who is winning in this picture, the pencil? The camera??? Well?)

And I can't leave out the cats!
Another fun artist!

Lucy Knisley: artist

And another!!!
Yasmine Surovec: Artist  (check out her flickr for more cats, her blog)
AND if you are NOT amazed yet......Check out these Pencil Sculptures.
In a word...... wOw!

"A really great talent finds its happiness in execution." 
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, August 30, 2010

Makes Me Happy Monday 8/30 (no words necessary)


(Looks a little like my Harry, but it's not)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Open your Heart and Share

How does your sewing/craft room look??
Is it overflowing with fabrics and supplies??

Do you wonder what you are going to do with it all??

If you have a generous heart, and I KNOW that you do, you may want to participate
(this is the second year.... it is an APO address)

You can clean up some of your stash AND
help out some wonderful people at the same time.....

Think about it, won't you?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Prayers of Gratitude and New Beginnings

"Giving thanks for abundance 
is sweeter
than the abundance itself..."

                                                       "Give thanks for a little and       you will find a lot."
--The Hausa of Nigeria

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice."
--Meister Eckhart

"Feeling grateful or appreciative of someone or something in your life actually attracts more of the things that you appreciate and value into your life."
--Christiane Northrup

 I was offered a full time teaching position today (special education)

Your work is to discover your world
and then with all your heart give yourself to it. 
~The Buddha

Prayer for the Work Day

Almighty God, thank Thee for the job of this day.
May we find gladness in all its toil and difficulty,
its pleasure and success,
and even in its failure and sorrow.
We would look always away from ourselves,
and behold the glory and the need of the world
that we may have the will and the strength to bring
the gift of gladness to others;
that with them we stand to bear
the burden and heat of the day
and offer Thee the praise of work well done.
--Bishop Charles Lewis Slattery (1867-1930)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Work In Progress Wednesday (Coming Soon)

Ok, I KNOW that I wanted to work on reducing my stash,
and refrain from buying anything new.
But how could I resist this??

Kits available at Fat Quarter Shop

Can you understand my moment of weakness???

And I was lucky enough to win a prize
in SewCalGal's Pets on Quilts Show:

Quilt Batting!! Maybe I will be able to use it in this new project!!

"The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it...."
Oscar Wilde

Monday, August 23, 2010

Makes Me Happy Monday 8/23

Today, learning new vocabulary words makes me VERY happy. Sounds like an unusual thing to be happy about doesn't it?? Well, I guess it all depends on the words that you are learning and the situations involved.

The new word I learned this week is 
LIPOMA: a benign tumor consisting of fat tissue;
also called a fatty tumor.

I had my routine mammogram this week
followed by an ultrasound to check on
what turned out to be a Lipoma.

Since everything happened pretty quickly,
 I never really got into "worry mode". 
BUT learning about lipoma was still a relief.

Who knew vocabulary and FAT could make me so happy?

Have you had your mammogram this year?

"Small events and choices determine the direction of our lives just as small helms determine the directions of great ships."
-- M. Russell Ballard

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday Night Sewing 8/20 Update

Handmade by Heidi hosted another fun night of Friday Sewing!

I played around with my pinwheel blocks this week and decided that this one would be okay.
Even though now that I look at it, I should have changed a couple, OH well!)
(sorry the colors are not that great in these pics)

Added the sashing, no going back now!

And finally the borders. Officially a "flimsy"!

Pretty good progress for a Friday Night Sew-In, Thanks, Heidi!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Makes Me Happy Monday 8/16

Today is my "baby's" birthday!! We are going to lunch and maybe a movie.

The summer she was born it was SO hot all I could eat was popsicles, which affected my blood sugar so much I had to get a glucose tolerance test. Everything was fine luckiliy!

Sounds a lot like this summer doesn't it!? Although I am eating sugar-free popsicles now!

Hope you all have a Happy Monday too!

"A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend."
~ Author Unknown

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pets on Quilts

The viewers choice voting
is now open over at SewCalGals Quilt Show

Three different categories to vote in!

If you vote you have a chance to win a prize!!

Voting open until 8/21/10

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday Fun

Finally got myself up into my sewing room!
Finished putting my Jelly Roll Sampler together. Doesn't look too bad now with the sashing and borders. I decided to just make 9 out of the 12 blocks since I wasn't loving my fabric (Charisma by Moda). Still made a nice sized lap quilt.

"Charismatic Jelly"

There will be prizes if you want to join in!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

"Weekends don't count unless you spend them  
doing something completely pointless."  ~Bill Watterson

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday Thoughts... Feeling Pensive

"It is never too late to be what we might have been"
       - George Eliot

"The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. 
The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, 
and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. 
Dreams are the seedlings of realities."
-- James Allen


Pour Kind Over Matter from Kind Over Matter on Vimeo.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Makes Me Happy Monday 8/9

As I get older, I make more of an effort to be kind in every thing I do and say. I know from experience how much a flip comment thrown out at random can cause hurt that will stay with a person for a lifetime.

I am especially careful when I send emails or create blog posts/comments that I phrase my statements in a kind way. When you can't see a person's face as they say a comment it is even harder to know the meaning behind the words. It is better to err on the side of caution and don't write anything that may be taken in a hurtful way.

I was thrilled to find Jo Annie and her pledge! 

Passing this information on to all of YOU makes me VERY happy today!
I am very lucky and all of the bloggers I have met
have been wonderful and kind.
If you would like to spread the word about Kind-Hearted Blogging, 
visit Jo Annie and grab her button.

Spread Kindness and Have a Happy Monday 
and a Wonderful Week!

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."~Plato

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pets On Quilts Show

Welcome to the Pets on Quilts Show hosted by SewCalGal!  Enjoy my pictures of kitties on quilts and quilts in progress..... and be sure to visit SewCalGal so that you can enjoy all the other entries. This is going to be SO much fun!

I think that you all know Harry, he welcomes you to my blog everyday! I adopted him from the animal shelter where my daughter works, she practically threw him in my arms to take him home!

Wild Harry on Scratch quilt

He can be a little crazy, opening bread packages, raiding the milk bone box, and opening brand new treat packages the minute I bring them home. He likes to chase the other cats and just be a little nutty. And while he doesn't like to be picked up, and I can only pet him on his head (not sure why, the vet isn't sure either) He is a VERY loving cat and loves to be with me as much as possible.

Hunter on Charity quilt

This is my boy Hunter. He was the first cat I adopted after my divorce (my ex was allergic so I never could have one). Adopting this sweet boy got me out of my blues and back on the track of life. He can be a little naughty but there is no way that I would trade him for the world. He loves to "knead" my hair when I am in bed, all the while drooling away with happiness. When I get up and look in the mirror I have this weird "teased" look with cat spit for hair gel. Very attractive!!

And even though these quilts are NOT done, I thought I would share these pictures with you. This is Georgie (he is my profile pic) and Ellie. They are litter mates, adopted from the shelter, rescued from an animal hoarder. They were both extremely sick when I took them in, very skinny, and had digestion issues. (I won't elaborate) It was quite a challenge to get them healthy but now look at how fluffy and sweet they both are! They have got the most beautiful personalities, so laid back and sweet. Unfortunately their hair is so long and so white that is it ALL over my house, clothes, books, furniture.....you name it! But I wouldn't change a thing.

Ellie (look at those eyes!)                    
Thank you for stopping by!
Now you have gotten to know my kitties a little bit better. And you can see why I named my blog the way I did! I may have a lot of cat hair in my house, but I also have a lot of love.

Isn't that the way it is supposed to be??

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shameless Plug

Please go and check it out..... you just might see someone you know over there!!